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Citizens in the Present: Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas
     

Citizens in the Present: Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas

by Maria de los Angeles Torres, Irene Rizzini, Norma Del Rio
 

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Although media coverage often portrays young people in urban areas as politically apathetic or disruptive, this book provides an antidote to such views through narratives of dedicated youth civic engagement and leadership in Chicago, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro. This innovative comparative study provides nuanced accounts of the personal experiences of young

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Although media coverage often portrays young people in urban areas as politically apathetic or disruptive, this book provides an antidote to such views through narratives of dedicated youth civic engagement and leadership in Chicago, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro. This innovative comparative study provides nuanced accounts of the personal experiences of young people who care deeply about their communities and are actively engaged in a variety of public issues. Drawing from extensive interviews and personal narratives from the young activists themselves, Citizens in the Present presents a vibrant portrait of a new, politically involved generation.

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"Investigating the experience of young activists, their motivations, and the forms of their engagement, this innovative book presents a refreshingly optimistic picture of dedicated and engaged young people."
—Anne B. Smith, coeditor of Advocating for Children: International Perspectives on Children's Rights

"A much needed and timely contribution that celebrates the commonalities among youth leaders on a hemispheric scale. The book offers a unified voice that rejects the fragmentation of difference, and with thought-provoking youth interviews, convincingly articulates today's concept of youth leadership. These authors help their readers, whether scholars, educators or activists, effectively situate and challenge their own ideas of youth leaders."—Latino Studies
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252079207
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
06/15/2013
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

 Maria de los Angeles Torres is director and professor of Latin American and Latin studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Irene Rizzini is a professor at the Ponitfical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the director of the International Center for Research on Childhood. Norma del Río is a professor of psychology in the department of education and communication at the Metropolitan Autonomous University—Cochimilco (UAM) in Mexico City.

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